KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 21 2018 :Former Inspector-General of Police Tun Mohammed Hanif Omar is filing a counter claim against a defamation suit filed by DAP veteran leader Lim Kit Siang over a speech by the former at a convention last September.
Lawyer Datuk Shaharudin Ali, representing Hanif, told this to reporters after management of the case in chambers before High Court senior assistant registrar Siti Norhidayah Mohd Noor, which was also attended by Lim’s lawyer, Harshaan Zamani.
Shaharudin said his client was ordered by the court to file the defence statement and counter claim before Dec 5, while Lim was given until Dec 19 to respond to the counter claim.
He said the court set Dec 20 for further case management.
Lim filed the suit against Hanif last Oct 17, claiming that Hanif had defamed him in a speech at a convention at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) in Shah Alam on Sept 6 this year, and it was published by Sinar Harian’s newspaper on the same day.
In the statement of claim, Lim, who is Iskandar Puteri Member of Parliament, stated that Hanif had wrongfully amd maliciously caused the alleged defamatory words to be published on the news portal Malaysiakini and Free Malaysia Today on the same day (Sept 6) and also on Sept 7.
Lim claimed that the alleged defamatory words, among others, were intended to mean that he was responsible and intended to order DAP to split Peninsular Malaysia in two parts with the intention of separating the Malay and Chinese community.
He also claimed that the alleged defamatory words had affected his reputation as a member of parliament to be tarnished.
Lim said a letter, dated Sept 12, was sent to Hanif seeking that he retract the alleged defamatory words and for an apology.
The defendant responded to the letter, but denied making the alleged defamatory words against Lim.
Lim is seeking, among others, for Hanif to apologise and withdraw the alleged defamatory, as well as an injunction for the former Inspector-General of Police to not repeat or publish the words again.
He is also seeking general, aggravated and exemplary damages. – Bernama